Search for new Forest Grove School District Superintendent begins

Forest Grove – During Monday night’s school board meeting, the position of Forest Grove School District Superintendent was officially declared vacant, the first in many steps of the district’s search for a new superintendent after Yvonne Curtis resigned the position in December

The Oregon School Board Association will conduct the search, along with consulting firm Next Up Leadership, a firm that has done many Oregon-based school district superintendent searches, including for Scappoose, Coos Bay, and Prospect school districts.

An open period for candidates to apply for the position will begin on February 16 and end March 26. Throughout the spring of 2018, school board members will conduct interviews, reference checks and other activities to select a candidate by May 2, though if the board feels none of the candidates are suitable, they may opt to not select any. If there is a final selection, the board will announce their choice on May 14. 

The full schedule for selecting a new superintendent, as provided by the Forest Grove School Board

From there, the new superintendent would begin their position on July 1, 2018. 

School Board asks for community input on Superintendent qualities

The Forest Grove School Board has set three dates and released an online questionnaire to ask community members, parents, and business leaders in the Forest Grove School District for input on the desired qualities of a new superintendent. The meetings will be facilitated by the Oregon School Board Association and Next Up Leadership. 

The meeting dates are: Monday, January 29 at 1 p.m. at the Forest Grove School District Office in the Grove room, Monday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the library at Cornelius Elementary School, and Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at the Forest Grove School District Office in the Grove room. 

Those who are unable to attend the meetings are asked to fill out the online survey: English and Spanish.

This post has been updated at 12:20 p.m. January 25 with an additional listening post date that was set up by the Forest Grove School Board.

Sources and more information:

Forest Grove School District news release
Forest Grove School Board meeting 1/22/2018 audio
Previous Forest Grove School District coverage by the Gales Creek Journal